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Become a crossing guard

School crossing guards promote the safety of students walking to and from schools that serve grades K–5. They contribute to the success of Philadelphia students and are important to school communities.

Hiring for crossing guards takes place throughout the year. Available positions will appear on the City’s jobs board.

Requirements and benefits

School crossing guards stop and direct traffic at assigned intersections during school days. They work part-time from 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., with adjustments for early dismissal days.

Background checks

Child Protective Services Law requires the following background checks before hiring crossing guards:

  • FBI criminal history background check
  • Pennsylvania State Police criminal background check
  • Pennsylvania child abuse background check

If hired, crossing guards must maintain their two Pennsylvania background checks throughout employment.


Crossing guards receive health benefits, pension benefits, and paid time off.


When we’re hiring, positions will appear on the City’s job board. Crossing guards are assigned based on neighborhood police districts. If you want to be a crossing guard, but don’t know which police district you live in, use the City’s map to find your police district.

If you’d like to find out about future job openings, you can visit the Civil Service job class specifications page and sign up for notifications.